running the bolt

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  1. Buck Kramer

    Buck Kramer Member

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    Bench rested I wait to see the impact. Standing/hunting etc cycle immediately for a followup.
     
  2. Sun Tzu warrior

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    When hunting with a bolt gun, I usually open the bolt slowly cant the rifle so the empty lands in my hand and slowly push the bolt back into battery. This so I don't scare off the other deer I'm about to shoot. Actually, I can reload the single shot H&R BC 45/70 just as fast, and have killed 3 meat deer in a row with it. In thickets, deer don't seem to know what to do, except stay put.
     
  3. Shawn Dodson

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    I pause for a moment after the shot breaks to follow-through, then run the bolt.
     
  4. jim243

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    It gives the barrel a chance to cool down, so you do not string your shots.

    Jim
     
  5. peacemaker45

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    Well, I'm not exactly what you'd call an accomplished rifleman. Partly, that's because I am an Ohioan. The only thing I've ever used a centerfire rifle for in the field is groundhogs. Most of my target shooting with a rifle's been with a levergun or falling block single shot.

    However, when I do find myself using a bolt gun in the field, I do cycle the bolt immediately. Why? Because Jeff Cooper told me to.

     
  6. Gordon
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    Gordon Contributing Member

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    The Blessed Colonel gave me the Mantra "run the bolt Gordon" 30 years ago at API. I have not forgotten it!:evil:
     
  7. CmdrSlander

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    My only bolt action rifle is a single shot, not a repeater, so I run the bolt when I'm ready to load another round and not before.
     
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